future weapons

dronesShotgun Armed Drones

Russian defense manufacturer JSC Almaz Antey has patented a drone armed with a shotgun. Over 6 years ago, there is a video of a drone armed with a recoiless AA-12 automatic shotgun. SOURCES- Foxtrot Alpha, Youtube

future weaponsMore Delays for Next Generation US Aircraft Carrier

The new Gerald Ford Aircraft carrier has been delayed to repair Ford’s nuclear propulsion system, Advanced Weapons Elevators and software. The carrier will be capable of carrying up to 90 aircraft, including the F-35 stealth fighter, F18 super hornet fighters …

dronesUS Navy Getting Ten Robotic Combat Ships

The US Navy is buying a new breed of armed unmanned surface combat ships that will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet. These will be 200-foot to 300-foot ships that displace 2,000 tons. The Navy plans to …

directed energy weaponsUS Navy Deploying 60-Kilowatt Combat Laser

In the next two years, the US Navy wants to deploy a 60-kilowatt Helios combat laser aboard a guided-missile destroyer. In 2021, they will install a High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance weapon system aboard a West Coast …

air forceUS Military Procurement at a Quarter Trillion in 2020

In 2020, the US military will spend nearly a quarter of trillion dollars to buy military weapons and hardware. The Navy will get the most at about $70 billion, then the air force at $57 billion. SOURCES- DOD Budget Written …

future weaponsMegawatt Lasers, Microwave and Hypersonic Weapons

The goal of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Mike Griffin, is making megawatt lasers, hypersonic weapons and directed energy weapons. Griffin wants * megawatt lasers in space for space control * 75 kilowatts on top of the …

future weaponsMagnetized Plasma Hypersonic Projectile Gun

China is working on magnetized plasma artillery which could enable hypersonic projectiles from a tank. This technology is different than railguns. China has started testing railguns on large navy ships. This technology could be ten to one hundred times smaller …

future weaponsX-60A Mach 8 Hypersonic Test Platform

The Air Force Research Laboratory and Generation Orbit Launch Services is developing the Mach 8 hypersonic X-60A vehicle. It is an air-dropped liquid rocket specifically designed as a hypersonic flight test platform. X-60A program completed its Critical Design Review. This …

future weaponsGerman Rheinmetall Makes Progress to 100-kilowatt Combat Lasers

Germany is making progress to 100-kilowatt military lasers. There were successful tests shooting down drones and mortar rounds. The next step will be to integrate a 20-kilowatt laser on an armored vehicle. Germany is about two years behind the US …